Facebook Patent Invalid, Phoenix Media Says

By Ryan Davis (August 1, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT) -- Phoenix Media/Communications Group Inc. on Friday asked a Massachusetts federal court for summary judgment in a patent infringement suit filed by Facebook Inc., arguing that one of the two patents the social networking giant has asserted is invalid.

The technology claimed by the patent, which covers a system for managing information, was widely in use when the patent application was filed in 1998, Phoenix Media claims.

"At least in the area of database searching (the field at issue in this case), such methods are anything but novel. The prior art shows they were known and in use long before the application,"...

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